Misinformation is nothing new, but there are increasing concerns worldwide about the prevalence of misinformation – especially online – and its potential to impact democracy, public health, violent extremism and other matters. We’ve seen how the spread of false and sometimes hostile misinformation and conspiracy theories continue to impact on our whānau and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how extremist talking points and ideology can contribute to real-world violence such as the March 15 attacks in Christchurch.

To date, there appears to be few nationally representative studies (in New Zealand or internationally) that cover the range of interconnecting issues relating to misinformation and how this may lead to real-world harms and a general loss of trust. To address this gap, this report provides insights from a nationally representative survey of 2,301 New Zealanders aged 16 years and over on the topic of misinformation.

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